$4,800 One-Owner Nova: 1968 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

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Here’s another great find from Pat L. This is a 1968 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova and it’s located in Upland, California, between Los Angeles and San Bernardino. It’s listed on Craigslist at $4,800 or they’ll consider a trade for a 4-wheel drive tractor.

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There is only one exterior photo and no engine photos, and from what you can tell from the interior photos, it’ll need some replacement parts and pieces and fabrics here. But, luckily dang near everything you’ll need for this car, inside and out, is available. There are only 62,734 miles on this no-AC car. New seat covers and new carpet will arrive once you’ve gutted this interior and put the car in your garage to tinker with over a few weekends.

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You’ll need a new headliner, too, so here ya go. I would want to bring this one back to original spec since it has a few things going for it. It’s a first-year of the third-generation Nova and the last year for the Chevy II model, it’s a two-door, and it has a 3-speed manual transmission! This car was in the same family since new and they say that it has a little rust “in the usual places”, but I don’t see any, at least on the one body photo. The interior will need a full restoration it looks like, but there isn’t much information on the Turbo Thrift 230 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine, other than it runs. The car has a new gas tank and new tires, which is nice. This could be a fun restoration project for someone, especially since pretty much 95% of every piece that is needed has been remanufactured. Would you restore this one back to OEM, or would you drop an “SBC” (there, I’ve said it!) under the hood?

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Comments

  1. Steve

    Pretty sure that’s not a Chevy ll.

    • Karo

      Steve, in 1968 the redesigned car was called the “Chevy II Nova.” The next year it became simply “Nova.” One of GM’s most solid designs, IMHO; by ’79 it was still a pretty competitive offering that was axed for the infamous X cars.

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    • Christophe Lupien

      I have a 69 I thought the Chevy II ran through 69. I got a repair manual that says 68-69 Chevy ll. Anybody know how long the gen 3 Chevy ll ran for 68-69.

  2. Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    I was surprised to read that 1968 was the last year for the Chevy II, Steve. in 1969 that name went away and they became just Novas. I never knew that the Chevy II name was used after the first two generations, the cars that I think of when I think of the Chevy II.

    http://people.smu.edu/acambre/nova/history.html

  3. 68 custom

    I had a 68 Chevy II and there are a lot of little differences between them and all later Novas. the dash is completely different with the ignition switch on the dash, no locking steering column and most of the emblems are specific to 68 only. the dash pad is a one year item as well so it will have to be redone. I would love another 68 but at 4800 I would say your all in. a good buy at 3k.

  4. Rock On Member

    In the Toronto area this car is worth at least $8,500.00 all day long!

  5. RichS

    That is totally the car Eddie Murphy drove in Beverly Hills Cop.

    “All this $!!! happened last time I parked here!”

  6. Chris

    I’ve had a ’72 Nova and a ’76 Nova. Both were two doors with straight 6 engines and automatic transmissions. The ’72 was riddled with rust and the ’76 “dog-tracked” terribly. It seemed like you were driving down the road heading for the opposite lane. Regardless, I loved both of those cars and would like to have another 70-72.

    • Marty Parker

      That was a pretty common problem with these cars.

  7. Chebby

    At my college there was an old white-haired security guard who had pretty much this exact car, only I think his had the uncommon and equally undesirable four-cylinder. His Nova was simultaneously really well-preserved and really boring, and I had the feeling it and the owner were well-suited for each other.

    This one would be fun with just some dog dishes and a Mexican blanket interior for a splash of color. Those 1980 Malibu wheel covers gotta go.

    • 68custom

      The rare four cylinder Nova a perfect example of rare does not equal valuable.

      • Craig

        The descendant of that 4 banger powers my boat today. Rock solid unit.

  8. Don

    in a few years this car wheel be a 1968 SS nova with a 4 speed with tags from a wrecked 68 SS

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  9. Rock On Member

    Hey, what happened to the thumbs down today? People getting a little too sensitive?

    • Blindmarc

      Someone got their PC feelers hurt, apparently….

    • Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Exactly! We are working on a solution.

      • GRAY WOLF

        Put the thumbs down back!! If you post out to the public and also if it is stupid, expect to be have backlash! If this brothers you don’t post! Also don’t go out in public and talk to anybody, they might did’t you!! A few people get their feeling hurt and the majority of us suffer!!💦💧👎👎👎👎

      • GRAY WOLF

        We can just use Emogis!!!👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎

    • Rustowner

      Yesterday, in the Turbo Buick thread, some one mentioned they “down voted” frequently (purely by accident, mind you) because they don’t know how to work their phone and/or have fine motor control issues, lol. I’m making fun, BTW. I personally like the option for a thumbs up or down, regardless if some people are bothered by it. I think we all know that some comments will be voted down, regardless of how true, factual, or un-opinionated they maybe……

  10. GEORGE

    427 material…

  11. Scott

    I’ll let you know what I do with it! Hint: it’s going to show up in a popular Chevy magazine

  12. JACKinNWPA Jack NW PA Member

    Yep! from a $1500.00 firewall.

  13. Rando

    It may be a Yenko before all is said and done…May just be a poorly optioned Yenko now… LOL

  14. Ck

    Yank the motor ,stuff in a big block. Swap out the 3spd to a 4.. I would change the hubcaps to dog dishes .Fix up the interior but leave it mostly stock looking,cuz nothing is kooler than a 4spd with a bench seat. Now go wake up the town with your sleeper.

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  15. ELMER TURNER

    I had a 1968 Nova 4 door 6 cylinder 3 speed colume shifter for over 12 years before the engine went bad The colume shifeter got sloppy so I put a Mario Andretti t- handle floor shifter in it. L O L. What a difference in shifting. I also had a 1976 2 door Nova with the big 6 cylinder in it and automatic transmission and chevy super sport wheels i bought off a friend of mine. Those 230 and 250 six es where rock solid engines.

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  16. WILLIAM BABYAK

    Didn’t we see Fred Dryer drive this heap in the first two seasons of HUNTER?

  17. Glenn

    I own a 68 nova 355 big cam 400 turbo ford 9 inch, I love this car bench seat 3000 stall converter shift kit, 750 eddy carb, Moser axles, Detroit locker go getter

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